A couple of days ago our neighbor had a bunch of trees taken down.
Oaks, both white and red, Sycamore, a big Bodark, and some Chinese Tallow trees.
He’s putting up some Storage Rentals and had a contractor take them down, so I asked the contractor to give or sell me a couple of the logs.
That afternoon he brought me some nice clean, clear 5’ pin oak logs, some 12’ Sycamore and some 8’ Chinese Tallow trees.
Each log is at least 24” across and I have to cut them down to harvest any of the wood with my little chain saw mill, but I think it’s worth it.
Oh, I forgot to mention, I bought a new bar and chain for my Poulan PP5020AV 20” saw.
It has a 50.2cc engine, and is an almost identical twin of the Husky 450-460 models.
I have owned smaller Mac’s with 26-30” bars so I thought I would buy one and see if the saw would handle it.
I got a 28” Power Match bar and a couple of matching full chisel chains for it.
Warning!: Poulan and Husqvarna do not list anything more than 20” bars and only list “Vanguard” homeowner chains. Vanguard chains are a safety chain with low kickback, but even worse, aren’t good for production cutting. If you only use the saw to cut up brush and branches they are fine, don’t try to use one to cut through a 20” log in less than 10 minutes after the first couple of cuts.
The 28” bar and the full chisel chain is a real joy to use! The bar makes the saw a bit front heavy, but I can deal with that. It also oils better than the OEM 20” bar and chains, even if you use a full chisel on to OEM bar.
To digress back to the original subject, I didn’t get far on the log I started on, only 3 slabs after prepping it down to a useable size. My hip was giving me fits.
The 3 slabs I cut are all 20” wide useable, 5’ long and one is 3 1/2” thick while the other two are 5/4 thick.
The thick one will be used next year as a mantle on a fireplace for a client. It will keep a live edge and as a plus it has a big antique branch that died nearly 80 years ago embedded in it. The rest will be 5/4 to 8/4 boards from the oak, and be stacked in the wood shop.
Another plus is that this log and the next one has a lot of spalting, and isn’t too punky. Not sure what I’ll do with the rest but I can see a nice book matched coffee table or small kitchen table in this stuff.
I only got one picture that came out decent and I’ll try to post it.
-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!